I did it! I did it! I finally read All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor! I’ve had it on my Classics Club list for years now, but it took using it for part of our learning time for me to actually read it. (I’m noticing a pattern about my reading life: the best way to ensure that I’ll read a book is to tie it to my children’s schooling.) Although both of my girls have read it and its sequels (and maybe even more than once), I decided to assign it to ten year old Louise to work through the Arrow with her. This classic story has so many things that I love: episodic chapters, an insight into a different culture and religion, strong parental figures, an imperfect-but-loving family, and even a bit of mystery. I admit that I am a little jealous of Mama’s parenting wisdom in this story, too–hiding buttons in the room to get the girls to dust without complaining? Genius! My only regret with this one is that I didn’t read it aloud to my girls when they were younger. This would make an excellent read aloud! I suppose I can always attempt it as a read-aloud with the boys. We’ll see how well they take to books with female protagonists. Anyway, I definitely give it an enthusiastic Highly Recommended.
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